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A New Site Goes Live

TPI's old websiteFor a few weeks now, I’ve been working on a website project for Tomorrow Pictures, Inc. Their old site, while functional, hadn’t been updated in several years and they weren’t happy with it. They had some ideas, including the color scheme and some basic elements, and we worked together to come up with a design that both pleases them and that they believe will appeal to their customers – both current and potential.

The new site incorporates their new logo and themes, and showcases some of the video work they’ve done recently.TPI's new website Behind the scenes, I’ve made it much easier for them to maintain. Very little is hard-coded; most of the text & links is read from easily-edited text files, and all the thumbnails & videos are “found” by the site’s scripts. When Drew wants to update the shows, he can just delete the thumbnail and movie files and a pair of text files with the descriptions and upload new ones. The site’s scripts dynamically serves up the thumbnails and creates links for the movies, while putting the descriptive text into rollovers and in the movie viewer window.

Of course, as with any project, there’s the possibility of errors or omissions, in either the code or content – and if you see any please let me know. [edit: a week later and nothing’s been noticed as ‘wrong’ yet – that’s always good news] For starters though, Drew and the folks at TPI are very happy with the look and are even happier that they’ll be able to keep it updated without the hassle.

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